Vintage French linen shift dress trousseau nightgown with monogram


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Vintage beautiful soft linen night gown or shift which would have been part of a lady's trousseau, handmade and embroidered with a monogram on the left upper chest area. I believe this is a D with an H.
The neck edge is finished with a scalloped broderie anglais style trim, all hand stitched. The sleeve edge is worked with a scalloped whipped stitch.
Trousseau items including bedlinen, table linens, night wear and undergarments were usually sewn during long winter evenings when the girl was approaching womanhood and contemplating a marriage, she would prepare a trunk of linens to take with her to her new marital home.

This item probably dates from the first part of the Twentieth Century, because it is not full length, although it could be earlier.
I think it is roughly a size English14-16, it is certainly generous, and laid flat across the armholes it measures approx 56cm, flaring out from there in an A line shape with side gussets at the hem, total circumference at hem is 160cm, across the shoulders from the sleeve seams it is 47 cm, total circumference at cap sleeve edge is 40cm, and shoulder to hem is approx 107cm.
There is a tiny neat darn centre front of the patched skirt area, see photo. There are areas of wear especially under the arms, and a few age and use related marks.

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